Jan 15, 2019 - KSA's Rangers Night
Meet Coach Jay McKee
Updated Friday January 25, 2019 by Kitchener Sports Association.
Kitchener Rangers Head Coach Jay McKee was the guest speaker at the KSA dinner on Jan.15 -- KSA's "Rangers Night". The Rangers Directors were out in force to meet the coach. The night also featured a celebration of the local Athlete of the Year Program, set to wind up after 20 years unless people step forward to take on some of the leadership roles.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
KSA's "Rangers" Dinner
Edelweiss Sports Bar
For photos of the evening's proceedings click here!
Rangers Head Coach
After dinner, we heard all about it first-hand from Rangers Head Coach Jay McKee. His insights on the team's roster -- very little action involving the Rangers on the trade front this year. Lots of playing time for some of the younger guys while they hone their skills. The objective for this year's team is to finish as high up in the standings as it can and stay in the run for the Memorial Cup one series at a time. A long run is good for Rangers fans, 50/50 sales (benefiting local minor sports groups) and Friday night discussions! Jay answered a fair number of questions but it was a "friendly" crowd. Next action for Jay is Friday night vs Windsor. Go Rangers!
KW Athlete of the Year Program --- On another note, Jean Howitt (Chair of the KW AThlete of the Year Program), along with John Thompson and Ken Brookes (two of the program's founders) presented some historical data and brought everyone up to date on the current situation as they take a step back. After 20 successful annual celebrations of the accomplishments of local athletes, it's no secret that volunteers are urgently needed to step forward to take on some key leadership roles on the various committees if the program is to carry on. The event held in May 2018 appears to have been the last one but the KSA Awards of Excellence Committee appears to be ready to carry on with that portion of the program.Time for discussion and new plans ... but it has to be soon!
The night's proceedings also featured several cheque presentations while attendees waited for dinner to be served:
SkateABLE (KW) received $2,000 in KSA funding for the purchase of additional equipment. Susan Wheeler was on hand to accept the cheque from Penny Swinston, talked about the program and thanked KSA for the support.
The KW Gymnastics Club accepted a travel grant of $725 on behalf of Jack Ditzend who earned a berth on Team Ontario and is booked to compete in Chicago. KSA's best wishes went with the cheque presented to Jim Eby.
Janet Greener of the Waterloo Region Track 3 Ski School graciously accepted $4,500 from KSA. The money is to purchase additional adaptive equipment for the club's programs.
The KSA Scholarship deadline for applications is 5:00 pm, April 2, 2019
The KSA Scholarship Awards Dinner is Tuesday, April 16
Details on other KSA events in 2019 are all TBA.
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